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Questions tagged [doorbell]

Installing, troubleshooting or repairing a doorbell.

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Extending or increasing volume of a quiet doorbell [on hold]

I have an old analog doorbell - there is a button for my apartment outside, and two wires come to where the chime is. When someone presses the button, a solenoid pulls back a little metal thingy with ...
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Doorbell transformer location problem

I need to find my doorbell transformer in order to change it for a more powerfull one (ring pro doorbell). I have opened the chime and i can see the transformer wire going in my basement, i did follow ...
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Nest Doorbell not ringing indoor chime

I recently picked up the doorbell from Nest, the Nest Hello and set it up. One issue that I'm running into is what wires should be used when trying to make it work with the indoor chime. The ...
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Doorbell constantly rings even after replacing switch

This is a newer home in the US (fewer than 10 years old). The doorbell started ringing all the time. Disconnected button and it stopped. Replaced the button with a new button, and it stayed on all ...
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Swann HD Doorbell

I want to hardwire my Swann HD doorbell, rather than using it's in built battery. Can I use an existing cable which supplies 18Vac 1.25amp from a powerplug, whereas 16-24Vac 1amp is specified in the ...
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Is it normal for a doorbell transformer to be warm and make noise?

To make a long story short I am in the process of hooking up my ring door bell and I need to follow these instructions: (I want to wire directly to transformer) To my understanding I need to wire my ...
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Installing Nest Hello Doorbell

So my problem with this has nothing to do with the electronics - it's strictly a physical one. The problem I'm having is that whoever wired my existing doorbell left about 1" of wire, with no give, ...
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Can I wire a doorbell transformer in-wall this way?

My current under-powered doorbell transformer is in a very awkward location (old home, etc.) and in a location where several old wires are cable-nutted together and I would rather not replace it there....
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Raising a porch light and doorbell?

A previous owner of our house installed a front deck over the top of the two concrete steps leading up to the front door. Unfortunately they did not raise the front porch light and doorbell. So many ...
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Doorbell button wiring no voltage?

I have just moved recently, and I noticed that the doorbell does not work. So I tried to troubleshoot it myself. I use a multimeter and then connect both probe to the transformer it gives 16V which ...
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Switching wiring from one transformer to another

I am considering getting a Nest Hello doorbell. The requirements state: Nest Hello needs to be powered by wires delivering 16 - 24 V AC, and at least 10 VA (in North America) I had a brief look ...
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Doorbell, intercom and door release

I have the same exact set up as the photo on Decrease apartment intercom door buzzer volume and am trying to figure out how to disable the doorbell/buzzer without disconnecting door and intercom ...
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Decrease apartment intercom door buzzer volume

The intercom in my condominium unit (that I own) works well, but is horribly loud. I understand this can be a boon so that I never miss a buzz, but my unit is small enough that the volume cannot be ...
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How Do I Wire My Nest Hello Doorbell With A Plug In Transformer?

I wired up a nest hello doorbell to my existing chime. It rings fine but lacks enough power to operate properly. That’s ok, it was a little expected. Unfortunately, changing the old transformer is ...
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Purpose of mercury switch in old doorbell

I moved recently and the new house has a vintage doorbell. It's by Friedland, but there's no other identifying information that would help me find a manual. All the wires had been disconnected by the ...
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What are these extra black wires connected to my doorbell chime?

I attempted to install a new SimpliSafe video doorbell, and after everything was connected I found that the doorbell chime inside produced a disturbing humming sound. I contacted SimpliSafe, who sent ...
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Doorbell dings, dongs, but doesn't ding-dong

I'm replacing a doorbell chime unit. The old one worked, but the new one does not. If I connect the wire to the terminal labeled "front", it will ding. If I connect the wire to the terminal labeled ...
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Ring Doorbell w/ Digital Chime

I purchased a ring doorbell 2 for my sister for Christmas. I am pretty tech savvy and offered to install it for her last night. I went through the instructions several times but I was not able to get ...
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Humming from Door Bell TRansformer

Lately, I have been hearing a loud humming sound coming from the vicinity of transformer and door bell chime area. Is this normal for a transformer/chime combination that is 40 years old??
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How do I tell difference between doorbell transformer and furnace transformer?

I’ve been searching for way too long for the doorbell transformer in our house (I suspect it’s not putting quite enough juice for a Nest Hello doorbell setup as the Nest Hello works but the chime ...
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Doorbell wiring

My house was built in 1982. I moved in over a decade ago but never bothered to fix the non-functioning wired doorbell. I’m trying to diagnose it now to see if it’s worth trying to fix or if I should ...
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Is this my doorbell transformer?

Is this the transformer for my doorbell? It is located in the furnace room, but it looks like it is connected to the furnace. I am just wondering because I have been searching for the transformer and ...
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Extremely old doorbell transformer filled with black gunk?

I need to replace my doorbell transformer in order for my Ring video doorbell to consistently have sufficient power. After searching long and hard I finally located the transformer, which appears to ...
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Door bell partially rings randomly since Nest doorbell installation

(Somewhat related to this unanswered question: Doorbell constantly rings even after replacing switch but not an exact duplicate) My house had a modern wired doorbell (wired using Cat5e, if it matters)...
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Trying to find the transformer for my doorbell

I replaced our doorbell with a Ring doorbell about a month or two ago. It worked fine at first, but gradually started not connecting to the network, and after I followed a few steps suggested by the ...
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My doorbell chime is partially broken; is this a wiring problem or a problem with the chime mechanism?

I have a Heath-Zenith SL-2796 doorbell. It's wired to a front and rear door buttons. Pressing the front door button should make it go "ding-dong" and pressing the rear door button should make it go "...
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Doorbell Wiring Problem

I live in a very old house. Up until recently, my doorbell worked fine, but at some point in the last couple months it stopped working. At the transformer, I see ~18V, so that appears to be ok, but it ...
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Can I replace a mechanical doorbell with a digital one?

In my home, I have a mechanical doorbell chime that I would like to replace with a new digital chime (a chime with features like volume control, different tones, plays through a speaker). Is it ...
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what would cause the second chime of a doorbell to sound muted?

I've got a doorbell that works, it is the normal two chime "ding dong", but it goes "ding chunk" where the second chime seems muted. I looked at it and it's mounted right, it gets hit with enough ...
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Is this a doorbell transformer? How to test if faulty?

My doorbell has stopped working. I am trying to test each of the components using a multi-meter. However, the wires seem to go through the ceiling etc, so I can't trace where they are going or what ...
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Changing old doorbell transformer

I'm replacing an old doorbell transformer. After removing the junction box, I have 3 exposed black wires. I have the new transformer with the typical White, Black, Green wiring, but I don't know which ...
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How can I mount a Ring Pro on this door post?

My wife has had her heart set on getting a Ring Pro video doorbell since someone at work demonstrated theirs. We picked one up from Lowes today, but discovered we had an issue when we got home and ...
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What risks may arise from putting a capacitor on the supply line to the door-bell?

The door-bell at the residence is (nominally, was) a simple buzzer between live/neutral that sounded Bzzzzzzzz using a simple electromagnetic hammer powered by the 250VAC. The problem is - some ...
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Moving a doorbell transformer

Can a doorbell transformer that is on the outside of a wall be place inside the wall behind the drywall. I’m concerned about it getting too hot. Mine is in the kitchen by the ceiling lights
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Doorbell Voltage Drops at Transformer

All, I replaced my doorbell transformer and got 22V (which was odd since it is supposedly a 16V transformer) with no wires connected to the transformer. As soon as I connect the wires to the ...
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Doorbell button wire low or no voltage

I have existing wiring for my doorbell that goes from the front door to a closet. No actual doorbell or chime is hooked up, just wiring. When I connect a 24v transformer to the closet end, I'm ...
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Why does my Ring doorbell keep repeating the chime?

I installed one of those fancy new Ring doorbells (the video / WiFi connected doodads) and it keeps repeating my doorbell chime. When you press the button to "Ring" me, the doorbell chime rings and ...
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What is this unit attached to my house, and what do I replace it with?

I am trying to figure out what this thing is. I assumed it's a bell ring transformer but then it has four terminals on it. Any help is appreciated!
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Doorbell vibrating

I have this antique doorbell. It has a light switch on the unit itself that operates 2 mini bulbs (one at the top, one bulb at the bottom). The light switch is at the top, the button is on the ...
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Double Doorbell?

this should be a simple question, but no product pages seem to describe this situation. I want to hook up a wired doorbell with two buttons and two chime units. Both bells should respond to both ...
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Removing or re-using doorbell from home alarm system

My home has an alarm system inside that I've never used and don't have much interest in. I don't know if there's a password needed for the panels, and I haven't tried to program them. At some ...
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Fixing constant humming from mechanical doorbell with video doorbell ringers (ring/skybell)

We have an old house with a neat mechanical doorbell. The bell is one of the hammer/bell kinds. I've installed 2 video doorbells which have been powered by this just fine. I tried to add a 3rd but ...
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Will transformer operate a door bell/chime 200ft away?

I want to install a doorbell with two bells and one button so it can be heard in two places. One location is within 25ft of the button. The other is about 200ft from the button. Will the transformer ...
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When powered Ring Pro won’t stop chiming.

When Ring Pro is connected to power, doorbell rings constantly. What can I do to correct this?
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Rear outdoor range hood turns on when doorbell rings

I have an outdoor range that is on my back porch that is built into the wall. There is a GFCI outlet right next to the range (not sure if that is related). For some reason when someone rings the ...
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How to get doorbell louder?

My mom has a Nutone wired doorbell but is finding it is not quite loud enough when she is in some parts of the house far away from the bell. I looked at the doorbell and it seems to be functioning ...
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Wired doorbell problem

Doorbell does not ring. Tested wires to buttons, they have power. The chime unit seems to have power to both back and front all the time, even after disconnecting wires from both buttons. Not sure ...
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Is it safe to “cap” a disconnected doorbell wire using electrical tape?

I recently decided to disconnect my doorbell to stop it from waking up the family. I removed the doorbell from the outside of the house and disconnected one of the two pairs of wires that were ...
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How do I set my multimeter to test doorbell transformer

I'm trying to troubleshoot a Ring doorbell that doesn't seem to be charging from the doorbell wires. I wanted to use my admittedly cheap multimeter to check the voltage that the wires are getting. ...
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In wiring a doorbell, what is an alternative to using a transformer? [closed]

We have a 1915 bungalow that I tore out all of the old knob-and-tube wiring, including the original ginormous doorbell transformer, and installed all new circuits throughout. I purchased a new, ...